Beware of Job Hunting Scams

by Ryan Guina

The FTC recently created a new section of their website to alert people to some of the job scams going on around the country. The folks over at the FTC want you to be aware of scam artists who promise a job, access to special job listings, interviews, or a way to make a big income working from home… all in exchange for paying a fee or sending them your credit or debit card information.  Many of these “opportunities” are nothing more than scams that will leave you with no job and a lighter wallet. I recommend this video, “Don’t Pay for a Promise,” for more information about safeguarding yourself.

In addition, the FTC and law enforcement officials are cracking down on these scams. You can find more information at or their recent press release which details some of the recent actions by law enforcement officials and the scams they have shut down.

Job Scams Video via Federal Trade Commission

Another video and an interview

While we are on the topics of videos, I recommend checking out Lemonade: It’s Not A Pink Slip, It’s a Blank Page over at This video covers the tough topic of losing your job. However, this video is different. It takes the view that being fired isn’t always a bad thing. It’s not always peaches and cream, but sometimes what you think is the worst day of your life can be a blessing in disguise.

An interview over at Your-Roth-IRA. Cash Money Life: An Interview with Ryan. One of Britt’s questions about military members led me to write an article about the advantages military members have when opening Roth IRAs. Consider this article essential reading if you are a military member and check out the interview for a little more information about me, the sites I run, and my thoughts on investing. And check out the rest of the site while you are there too. Britt runs a tight ship and there are dozens of great articles about Roth IRAs.

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Published or updated November 15, 2011.
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1 Jessica

Don’t pay for a promise is exactly it! The best way to avoid a job scam is remembering that you shouldn’t have to pay money to get a job. Even a recruiter do not get their paycheck from you – they are paid by the company who hires you. If someone wants you to pay for “training” or “recruiting” in exchange for a job, be warned! Legitimate opportunities won’t ask you to pay.



Its amazing the scams that are out there! You always have to be careful these days.


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